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PostSubject: Sichuanese Mandarin   Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:18 pm

Sichuanese Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 四川官话; traditional Chinese: 四川官話; pinyin: Sìchuān Guānhuà), commonly known as Sichuanese, Szechuanese or Szechwanese (simplified Chinese: 四川话; traditional Chinese: 四川話; Sichuanese Pinyin: Si4cuan1hua4; pinyin: Sìchuānhuà; Wade–Giles: Szŭ4-ch'uan1-hua4), is a branch of Southwestern Mandarin, spoken mainly in Sichuan and Chongqing, which was part of Sichuan until 1997, and the adjacent regions of their neighboring provinces, such as Hubei, Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan and Shaanxi. In addition, due to the fact that Sichuanese is the lingua franca in Sichuan, Chongqing and part of Tibet, it is also used by many Tibetan, Yi, Qiang and other groups as a second language[1][2][3].

Although Sichuanese is usually classified as a dialect of Mandarin, glaring discrepancies exist in phonology, vocabulary and even grammar between Standard Mandarin and Sichuanese[1], especially Old Sichuanese (e.g. Minjiang dialect) which is extremely difficult for Standard Mandarin speakers to understand[

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